Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) iOS 7 has received a fair share of both criticism and praise from the Apple community since its unveiling at the Worldwide Developers Conference in June. The latest iteration of Apple’s mobile operating system features the most design changes ever attempted for iOS.
One the most controversial changes made to iOS 7 is the new Helvetica Neue light font. Many users complained that the font made text in iOS 7 practically unreadable, reports Business Insider. Technology blogger Marco Arment called the new font a representation of “one of Apple’s biggest recurring flaws: letting cool come before functional.”
However, it appears that Apple took some of the iOS 7 criticism to heart. On Monday, Apple sent out an iOS 7 update to developers that featured a new, thicker primary font. The latest beta version of iOS 7 uses the regular Helvetica Neue font, which greatly improves readability.
The reaction to the font change from Apple users on the Internet seems to be overwhelmingly positive. Not only are Apple users happy about the font change, they are also happy that they were able to change the company’s mind about a design issue.
The iOS 7 redesign project was led by Apple’s head of human interface design, Jony Ive. Ive’s distaste for skeuomorphic design resulted in a stripped-down, minimalist appearance that removed any graphical representations that resembled their counterparts in real life, such as the leather and linen textures that were evident in previous versions of iOS.
Though not every Apple user is a fan of Ive’s design approach to iOS 7, the general Apple community is rejoicing in the fact that the Cupertino-based company appears to still be open to suggestions. Arment, the blogger, notes: “We can effect change if we’re pushing for what’s best for Apple and its customers. Apple doesn’t get everything right every time on its own.”
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